Opiate withdrawal symptoms are commonly described as unbearably painful, mentally and physically, particularly when withdrawing from high doses of opiates and especially when these drugs are suddenly withdrawn without medical opiate withdrawal treatment.
The science of opiate addiction and withdrawal
Use of an opiate creates a false source of endorphins, the natural pain-killers of the body. This also stops the body’s natural creation of endorphins. When a person stops taking an opiate, there are no endorphins left to block pain. Every mammal has an emotional brain, the limbic brain, and this is where most of our endorphins are combined and used. So, this natural capability to feel the emotions of another person allows us to sense threat, or to perceive bonding experiences. The things that inhibit this ability are our endorphins. We feel the person next to us on the highway wanting to pick a fight from road rage, or we feel the person wanting us to turn off at the next street because they think we are attractive. We possess pronounced neurochemical expressions towards each feeling that we may pick up from a person. This is what is called our limbic resonance.
When the drug is withdrawn, there are no endorphins, and this can make even just light touch feel painful to the person in withdrawal. For successful withdrawal from these drugs, Alternative to Meds Center uses nutrients that are designed to build endorphins, orthomolecular medicine, and our doctor administers comfortable tapering methods. This alone incredibly relieves opiate withdrawals. The individual can be switched from the drug they are taking to a less potent pain-reliever temporarily and they will also during this time receive amino acids that are specifically created for replenishment of low-endorphins.
Opiate withdrawal itself is not life threatening but the symptoms can be very unpleasant, symptoms can impair judgment, affect your ability to think rationally and reason. Intrusive and suicidal thoughts are among the many symptoms that may occur during opiate medication withdrawal, other symptoms including: rapid breathing increased respiratory rate, extreme depression, anxiety, irritability, enlarged pupils, loss of appetite, confusion, yawning, chills and flushing, hot and cold flashes, tremors, runny nose, diarrhea, sweating, salivation, abdominal cramping, muscle aches, vomiting, opiate overdose, insomnia and extreme cravings for the drug.
Alternative to Meds Centers physiological approach will help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. The experience you can expect to have here is not to be confused with other attempts you have had at discontinuing drugs. Our methods support the neurochemistry so as to avoid the hard endorphin plunge that comes with stopping opiates. Tapering and inclusion of the neurotransmitter repair protocols gives time for the endorphins to rebound so that the transition is smooth an uncomplicated. The tapering program is designed in conjunction with the guest so as to go at a pace that they feel comfortable.
For some individuals, particularly for those who are acquiring pain medications illegally, a short induction of Suboxone can be helpful. Generally, the Suboxone is inducted at a supporting level, and then reduced down to zero over the course of about 2 weeks. Again, this gives time for the body to begin using the endorphin building nutrients. Using Suboxone for more than two weeks can have its own challenges, as it is also addictive.
In the vast majority of cases, balancing out the natural endorphin levels allow for the cravings to abate to the point where relapse is unlikely, or if relapse does happen, that there is no longer the heavy pull to continue using and the relapse is limited. In some cases, especially cases where the prior to treatment relapse rate was high and the person is an IV user, longer term Suboxone use may be warranted.
These are the common Symptoms of Opiate Withdrawal that minimize or eliminate with our processes
We are a residential treatment center and can help answer any other questions you or a loved one may have concerning our safe and very comfortable opiate withdrawal program. There is no other program like ours anywhere. We treat not only the addiction, but seek to repair and restore endorphin production and other aspects of neurochemistry so that there is a real freedom from opiates and freedom from pain.
Opiate withdrawal could end up being one of the best things you have ever done.
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Dr Motl is currently certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and Board eligible in Neurology and licensed in the state of Arizona. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy. He graduated Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Motl has studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A.